Los Angeles Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Attorney

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Before 2002, individuals under the age of 21 applying for a green card had to finalize the application process before their 21st birthday, or they would “age out.” This often occurred due to administrative delays by U.S. immigration processing, not because of any fault on their part.

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was introduced in 2002 to address this issue. It recognized that those who turned 21 during their visa application process were unfairly denied. With the CSPA’s introduction, those who turn 21 during their visa application process now have legal avenues to retain their child status.

At Hanlon Law Group in Los Angeles, California, the attorney can assess if the CSPA is relevant to your situation and guide you on the necessary legal steps to preserve your child status.

Understanding the Child Status Protection Act

The CSPA can be summarized as follows:

  • When a petition is filed for someone under 21, their age is “frozen” at the time of application submission.
  • If someone is awaiting a visa preference and turns 21 during this period, the processing time is deducted from their age.
  • If someone “ages out” during the visa application and later applies for a different visa type, their original application date is shifted to the relevant category.
  • For applicants from specific countries, if their status or age changes, their petition might switch to another category. However, they can choose not to undergo this automatic conversion.

Seek Guidance from a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney

If you have questions about the Child Status Protection Act or wish to continue with the visa application process, contact the Los Angeles Child Status Protection Act attorney for insights. Benefit from a free initial consultation to address your immigration-related queries. For immediate assistance, call 866-227-5527.




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Contact the Experienced Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer at Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

The trusted Los Angeles immigration attorney at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. is waiting to speak to you, find out more about your immigration needs, and explain your options. Having handled countless professional visa applications for foreign professionals and U.S. employers, our lawyer has the experience and insight you can count on for exceptional service and representation.

Our experience, skills and dedication to our clients are backed by the following, which all of our clients can expect to receive:

Free & Confidential Initial Consultations

You don’t have to pay us anything to discover more about how we can help you and what you need to do to resolve your employment-based immigration needs.

Continuity of legal representation

The attorney at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. will oversee your case from start to finish. This can provide peace of mind that your case will not be passed off to a non-lawyer associate, or to someone who is not intimately familiar with your case.

State-Of-The-Art Case Management Technology

Our cutting-edge system facilitates the visa petition process, while providing clients with real-time case information about the status of their petition, PERM certifications, etc.

Personal Attention From Lawyers & Staff

We take pride in providing old-fashioned, personal service and promptly responding to our clients’ inquiries and immigration needs whenever they arise.

Flexible payment options

We accept all major credit cards. Payment plans may also be available.

Multilingual Immigration Services

We provide immigration services in various languages, including (but not necessarily limited to) Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog, and Fukienese.

Call (866) 227-5527 or email us via the contact form to learn more about our experience and services, as well as how we can help you.

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